Mae Jemison has been named a leader-in-residence at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, serving as its Poling Chair of Business and Government, for this academic year. She leads 100 Year Starship, a global initiative to ensure that the capabilities for human travel beyond our solar system to another star exist within the next 100 years. The first African-American recipient of the Poling Chair, Jemison will stimulate discussion in the areas of leadership, the critical interactions between the private and public sectors in matters of economic growth, technology research and development, and sustainability. The Poling Chair was established in 1993 by the late Harold “Red” Poling, a Kelley School alumnus and Ford Motor Co. chairman and CEO from 1985 to 1994. The first woman of color in the world to go into space, Jemison served six years as a NASA astronaut. She founded two technology companies and the nonprofit Dorothy Jemison Foundation For Excellence, which develops and implements STEM education curricula. Jemison was a professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College. A physician, she was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia and also practiced medicine in the United States. Jemison is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, serves on Fortune 500 boards and has received numerous awards and honors, including election to the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She was voted as one of the top seven female leaders in a presidential ballot national straw poll and was the first astronaut to appear on "Star Trek." Jemison graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in chemical engineering while fulfilling the requirements for an A.B. degree in African and Afro-American studies. She received her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College.

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